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Real Madrid veteran ruled out of La Liga clash against Real Betis due to suspension

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Real Madrid were dealt a major blow in the defence of their La Liga title as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.

The result now leaves the door open for La Liga leaders Barcelona to widen the gap at the top to ten points should they defeat UD Almeria later tonight.

Things will only get more difficult for Carlo Ancelotti’s side moving forward as they have a tricky run of fixtures lying ahead.

Up next for Real Madrid is a visit to Estadio Benito Villamarin to face Real Betis. And, they will have to take on Manuel Pellegrini’s side without one of their main man in Luka Modric.

Indeed, the 37-year-old veteran midfielder has been ruled out of the game against Los Verdiblancos after he picked up a yellow card late in the contest against Atletico on Saturday night.

The booking meant that Modric now has received five yellow cards in La Liga this season, which earns him an automatic one-match ban.

This is certain to come as a blow for Real Madrid, considering that matches against Betis are always tricky, and having an experienced individual like Modric would have been handy for Ancelotti & co.

But the Real Madrid boss has enough depth in the middle of the park with Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.

Modric has played 33 matches so far this season for Los Blancos, producing a tally of six goals and five assists. The 37-year-old has less than five months left on his contract with the club and a renewal is not yet certain.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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